July 7th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Casey Anthony sentence: Four years in jail with credit for time served

For more on Casey Anthony's sentence read our full story here.

[Updated at 11:34 a.m.] Casey Anthony will be released on July 13, 2011, according to a court spokesperson.

The spokeswoman said she would release more information about the calculation as soon as it was available.

[Updated at 10:41 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry and attorneys for the state ad the defense are continuing to hold discussions in the courtroom.

All sides are working with the corrections department to help determine exactly how much time Casey Anthony has served in order to determine how much longer she will need to serve to finish out her sentence. The decision is expected to come soon.

[Updated at 9:30 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry has sentenced Casey Anthony to one year in jail for each of the four counts of lying to police, which will run consecutively.

The judge and defense attorney Jose Baez said it will take about an hour to figure out what exact time Anthony has served and how to apply that to the sentence. The jail where she was being housed would also have to consider any good behavior time.

It appears that for now Casey Anthony is headed back to jail - we'll just have to wait for the specific calculations from the court to find out for how long. Analysts appear to be saying that based on Perry's ruling - and calculations that she served about 1,000 days in court - it is likely Anthony could be free by the end of the summer.

Time.com: Video analysis of lingering trial questions

Perry also said he would fine Anthony $1,000 for each count. Perry also said that the court will work to calculate the cost of the investigation into Caylee Anthony's disappearance and what amount of that Casey Anthony might have to pay. The judge has also let Anthony and her team know that they have 30 days to appeal his ruling.

Anthony has remained stoic during this portion of the court hearing. She is conferring with her other attorneys as the judge hands down the sentence.

But as she prepared to exit the courtroom, Casey Anthony let out a tiny smile.

[Updated at 9:26 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry is breaking down each of the false information charges and specifically what lies Casey Anthony told police that led them along in their investigation - including one where she said she spoke to Caylee Anthony.

Perry rules in favor of the prosecution, saying he doesn't agree that the lies were all one act.

"As a result of those four separate and distinct lies, law enforcement expended a great deal of time, energy and manpower looking for young Caylee Marie Anthony," he said. "This search for her went on from July through December - over several months - trying to find Caylee Marie Anthony. Four distinct, separate, lies. Just as the jury spoke loud and clear on counts one, two and three on their verdict they also spoke loud and clear on the remaining counts."

[Updated at 9:25 a.m.] Casey Anthony will not make a statement before sentencing, her attorney said.

[Updated at 9:17 a.m.] The prosecution has said though they were only handed this defense request this morning. Still, they do not believe the lies should be treated as one single act because there was a temporal break in between each of the lies. And they've also got a few prior cases to back up their thoughts. The fact that the statements happened on the same day doesn't mean the statements should be considered all one act, the prosecution argued.

The prosecution also said as a result of the individual lies police had to go on a "wild goose chase" in the case.

[Updated at 9:16 a.m.] The judge is reiterating his question to the defense: Are they arguing that Casey Anthony didn't have time to pause and reflect when she was making her statements to policy. Their answer: Yes. And that's why the lies should be considered as only be one charge.

[Updated at 9:11 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry is taking a minute to read through the materials the defense has provided in regard to treating the misdemeanors as one charge.

[Updated at 9:04 a.m.] The defense is asking the court to consider the four misdemeanor charges of lying to police as one charge when it comes to sentencing - saying they were all part of the same act.

Because the information at question was part of the same interview and Casey Anthony did not have time to take a mental break and reformulate her thoughts and statements, her lawyers are saying all of the charges should be reduced to just one.

Because it was "one act" made by Casey Anthony the defense says it is a violation of double jeopardy to sentence her four separate times for the same offense.

[Updated at 9:03 a.m.] The defense has withdrawn an earlier motion for a mistrial - something lawyer Jose Baez jokes he doesn't need anymore.

[Updated at 9:00 a.m.] Judge Belvin Perry has entered the courtroom. The sentencing is about to begin.

[Updated at 8:58 a.m.] Casey Anthony is much more animated and less stoic in court Thursday - and the sentencing hearing hasn't even begun yet.

Though she's still biting her nails as she had during the verdict, it's mixed in many more with smiles and winks to the defense team than looks of worry.

Defense Attorney Jose Baez has just sat down next to her and patted her on the back. The defense table couldn't be any more full of smiles today.

On the other hand, the mood outside the courthouse is a little different. Protesters are gathered outside and still angry with the not guilty verdict.

[Updated at 8:48 a.m.] A smiling Casey Anthony has walked into the Orlando courtroom wearing a long-sleeve blue sweater and her hair down. She appears much more relaxed than she has during any other day in court. She's chatting with her attorney's as she awaits the judge and her sentencing.

Her parents George and Cindy Anthony are seated at the back of the courtroom.

[Posted at 8:28 a.m.] Casey Anthony is due in court Thursday for a sentencing hearing on four misdemeanor counts of lying to police regarding a missing person case - the only charges she was convicted of during her seven-week long murder trial.

She avoided the most serious charges when a jury acquitted her of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter in the 2008 death of her daughter Caylee. Each misdemeanor count carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail, for which Judge Belvin Perry has the option of sentencing her consecutively or concurrently.

But many legal experts believe Anthony will be freed on time-served because she has already been jailed for about three years. Whatever happens next , the saga of the 25-year-old Orlando woman acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter is far from over.

Everyone will still want to examine why and how the jury reached the verdict. Some questioned whether the "CSI effect' swayed the jury. Others, like HLN's Nancy Grace who has covered the case since the first day said regardless of why, she doesn't have to agree with the decision. And then there will be the examinations of the characters that have emerged in the case as victors: namely defense attorney Jose Baez. But by far the spotlight will shine brightest on Casey herself. Depending on the sentence handed down Thursday many experts say her next move likely could come in the form of a book or movie.

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  1. Brenda

    With Duct tape & bags u threw me away. What more is there to say? Alone in the woods is where I was kept, for 6 long months & u still haven't wept. "Bella Vita" that's what ur tattoo said. Not a care in the world while I lay dead. Every night Jesus rocks me to sleep & makes a promise I know he'll keep. "Don't worry, everything will be fine, for in the end vengeance shall be mine!" Love , Caylee

    July 7, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      Well put – I can't sleep at night thinking of that poor little girl...

      July 7, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Geek

      Pentameter? Pheewie! El Stinko. WHERE do you find the time? At work? At home? Are you old enough to drive?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Linda

    regarding Casey's release date, what about her check fraud time?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. hahhahaha

    prove it WITHOUT A REASONABLE DOUBT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Goodstuff

    You go girl! Don't let the man keep you down!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. michael mastrogiacomo

    Lets get Caylee's law Passed so this injustice never happens again unpunished. If you don't report a child under your guardianship missing within 48 hours, its a felony.

    thats the best we can do here. All this other noise is pointless.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      You are right! That's a great idea to protect the innocent.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. shawn l

    I think it's pretty stupid you can get a year in jail for each lie that you tell a cop, much less being charged four times for the same lies

    The woman was innocent, or at least the prosecution had such a terrible case against her that they had to find her innocent, as they never proved that a murder even took place. This seems to be another example of a prosecutor trying to make their name off a big case.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Xerxes 2011

      Did you see that beautiful smirk on her face in the still photo, aww priceless.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • volksmaniac

      She was found not guilty of the charges . She was not found innocent . BIG difference !!!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • MoveOnPeople

      She was found "Not Guilty" of the charges..not "Innocent"...there's a big difference!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. tom in connecticut

    baby is dead, placed in a garbage bag, and thrown away. She has admitted to that much.
    Even if it were an accident she should get 20 years.

    What was wroong with this Jury.

    Sad lack of value for human life by the jury. Not sure how they can live with themselves.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • The system worked just fine TYVM

      I'm sure they are just fine. I know I would be.

      No evidence means no choice but not guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. gulfer

    Some kind of statement from Ms Anthony reflecting a hint of compassion is what we need to get on with our lives and allow her to get on with hers. One more thought, monies received for her story should be set aside for therapy, not only for her, but her family.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. benji

    11:13 Somebody goes to the bathroom.

    11:15 A Soda was bought from the commisary

    11:22 The Judge coughs.

    C'mon who cares about this minute by minute play? Just report when it is all over.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Krehator

      Bored housewives who have turned a serious trial into their own personal soap opera.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Krehator

    and that is why you don't say ANYTHING to the cops at all. They of course can lie to us all day long. Gotta love the double standards.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Frog Prince

      Yea, talk to the cops you're screwed, don't talk to the cops you're screwed.........

      July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. ebonynivory

    Now, put her azz in general population the remainder of her stay @ orange county jail...JUSTICE!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. ana

    Really, there is no enough evidence? Bas***ds, you let that b!tch go because of your incomeptence, my heart bleeds for Caylee, I hope she haunt you all everyday until you all die. What a country and what laws man, even though there is so much evidence but blind jury cant see it, now I am very concerned about the Zehara Beckar and caged boy who got killed in th hands of father and step mothers, there is no justice for kids got killed in their parents hands.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. volksmaniac

    The picture of her on CNN homepage looks like the cat that ate the canary .

    July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. knitpickin

    All these people that say Casey has already served 3 years apparently are forgetting that January 25th, 2010 she was sentenced to time served for those check fraud charges. So, by my calculations, her time served for Caylee starts with January 26, 2010 and that is only 1 1/2 years time served.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. ebonynivory

    LMAO.....

    July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
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